Happy Friday from Frogger land. I enjoy Friday posts because they are FUN! There isn't another sport out there that has so many different games and formats to be enjoyed and contested between friends and arch rivals. Lets talk about the Ringer format.
Every year a club of mine has a "Ringer" tournament. A Ringer format would require a minimum of two players and a minimum of two rounds. In the case of my club, the whole association plays a two day format.
Scoring for the ringer is simple. The players take their best score on each hole over the tournament days (however many there are) and those are used for the "Ringer" scores.
Lets do an example. We will say the Ringer tournament is two rounds. In round one a competitor makes a bogey on the first hole. In round two, the player makes a par on the first hole. So his Ringer score for hole #1 is a par. On hole two in round one the player makes a birdie, while in round two the player makes a par. The Ringer score for hole #2 is birdie. This process is obviously done for the length of the holes (9, 18 etc).
The Ringer is fun because the players can be challenged by their own previous score on each hole. For instance if a player knows he made birdie on a par-5 the previous round, he will take chances and try to reach the green in two in order to try and better the birdie with an eagle. Conversely if the player made a bogey or a double on a hole, the player may play more conservatively to insure making a par.
The pressure and challenges of the Ringer format can be fun and it is interesting to see what one player's best ball over X number of rounds can be.